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Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? - How I Turned Around IBM (Paperback, New ed): Louis Gerstner Who Says Elephants Can't Dance? - How I Turned Around IBM (Paperback, New ed)
Louis Gerstner 2
R308 R206 Discovery Miles 2 060 Save R102 (33%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

CEO Louis V. Gerstner Jr.'s memoir about the extraordinary turnaround of IBM and his transformation of the company into the industry leader of the computer age - the great American business story of our time. When Louis V. Gerstner became CEO of IBM in 1993, shares had slumped and the company was on the verge of collapse. Hired for his successful management of RJR Nabisco and American Express, Gerstner had no background in technology, but during his seven-year chairmanship, he transformed the company into the leading force of the computer age. In his frank, direct voice, Gerstner recalls the obstacles he faced: the plans to fragment the company, the inconsistent global policies, the stodgy white-shirt hierarchy and inter-departmental competitiveness and the rapidly declining sales. Within months of joining IBM, Gerstner presented his bold and controversial business strategy. Punitive towards office politics, he revolutionised the company from within, altering an entire corporate culture, divesting billions of dollars in unneeded assets and transforming IBM from a fractured, process-driven business into a nimble, customer-driven enterprise able to respond quickly to the volatile technology market and face down Microsoft and Intel in the internet era. Revealing his tactics step by step, Gerstner spins an engaging narrative that takes the reader behind the curtain into the unbelievable mess he inherited and into the office and mind of a CEO facing the challenge of a lifetime.

Clementine Hunter - Her Life and Art (Hardcover): Art Shiver, Tom Whitehead Clementine Hunter - Her Life and Art (Hardcover)
Art Shiver, Tom Whitehead
R944 R740 Discovery Miles 7 400 Save R204 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Clementine Hunter (1887--1988) painted every day from the 1930s until several days before her death at age 101. As a cook and domestic servant at Louisiana's Melrose Plantation, she painted on hundreds of objects available around her -- glass snuff bottles, discarded roofing shingles, ironing boards -- as well as on canvas. She produced between five and ten thousand paintings, including her most ambitious work, the African House Murals. Scenes of cotton planting and harvesting, washdays, weddings, baptisms, funerals, Saturday night revelry, and zinnias depict experiences of everyday plantation life along the Cane River. More than a personal record of Hunter's life, her paintings also reflect the social, material, and cultural aspects of the area's larger African American community. Drawing on archival research, interviews, personal files, and a close relationship with the artist, Art Shiver and Tom Whitehead offer the first comprehensive biography of this self-taught painter, who attracted the attention of the world. Shiver and Whitehead trace Hunter's childhood, her encounters at Melrose with artists and writers, such as Alberta Kinsey and Lyle Saxon, and the role played by eccentric Fran?ois Mignon, who encouraged and promoted her art. The authors include rare paintings and photographs to illustrate Hunter's creative process and discuss the evolution of her style. The book also highlights Hunter's impact on the modern art world and provides insight into a decades-long forgery operation that Tom Whitehead helped uncover. This recent attention reinforced the uniqueness of Hunter's art and confirmed her place in the international art community, which continues to be inspired by the life and work of Clementine Hunter.

How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars - The Snapchat Story (Paperback): Billy Gallagher How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars - The Snapchat Story (Paperback)
Billy Gallagher 2
R479 R326 Discovery Miles 3 260 Save R153 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When he was just twenty-three years old, Evan Spiegel, the brash CEO of the social network Snapchat, stunned the world when he and his co-founders walked away from a three-billion-dollar offer from Facebook: how could an app teenagers use to text dirty photos dream of a higher valuation? Was this hubris, or genius?

In How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars, Billy Gallagher takes us inside the rise of one of Silicon Valley’s hottest start-ups. Snapchat began as a late-night dorm room revelation before Spiegel went on to make a name for himself as a visionary C EO worth billions, linked to celebrities like Taylor Swift and his fiancée, Miranda Kerr.

A fellow Stanford undergrad and fraternity brother of the company’s founding trio, Billy Gallagher has covered Snapchat from the start. His inside account offers an entertaining trip through the excess and drama of the hazy early days with a professional insight into the challenges Snapchat faces as it transitions from a playful app to one of the tech industry’s preeminent public companies. In the tradition of great business narratives, How To Turn Down A Billion Dollars offers the definitive account of a company whose goal is no less than to remake the future of entertainment.

Mill Town - Reckoning with What Remains (Hardcover): Kerri Arsenault Mill Town - Reckoning with What Remains (Hardcover)
Kerri Arsenault
R583 R469 Discovery Miles 4 690 Save R114 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Biting the Moon - A Memoir of Feminism and Motherhood (Hardcover): Joanne Frye Biting the Moon - A Memoir of Feminism and Motherhood (Hardcover)
Joanne Frye
R627 R513 Discovery Miles 5 130 Save R114 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

A second-year doctoral student from a Midwestern family, Frye is twenty-three when she marries a German professor ten years her senior. Previously sheltered, Frye seeks new vistas but instead finds herself confined by the demands of her life: wife to a volatile and domineering husband, mother of two young daughters, and aspiring academic. With her dissertation completed, she finally realizes that the only way to wrest her identity and freedom from her husband's grip is by leaving him; she boards a bus with her two young children to embark on a new life. In Biting the Moon, Frye powerfully recounts her struggle for independence and a successful career while remaining devoted to her daughters. Despite the many promises of the women's movement-liberation from domestic work and the ability to influence social policy-she wrestles with the complex, often ambivalent, relationship between feminism and motherhood. Interwoven with literary references from Charlotte Bronte to Virginia Woolf to Tillie Olsen, Biting the Moon invites the reader along on Frye's quest for self-expression and a life beyond the shadows of others. This deeply felt, courageous portrait of a woman's life will be intimately familiar to an older generation of mothers and an inspiration to a younger generation.

Van Jou Hele Hart - Kom Saam Na Die Middelkoninkryk (Afrikaans, Paperback): Elkarien Fourie Van Jou Hele Hart - Kom Saam Na Die Middelkoninkryk (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Elkarien Fourie
R220 R182 Discovery Miles 1 820 Save R38 (17%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

“Not sex please,” sê die monnik en toe hy die verbouereerde uitdrukkings op ons gesigte sien, glimlag hy gerusstellend. “Seven is better . . . OK?”

Tussen misverstande, pogings om die taal en skrif te leer en lokvalle van swendelaars wat daarop uit is om ’n vinnige yuan te maak, is daar die vriendelike vreemdelinge wat soos ’n goue draad deur Elkarien Fourie se ervarings in China loop. Hulle is die “mede”-mense wat uitstaan tussen die gedrang van miljoene in die megastede; wat aanbied om die pad saam te loop eerder as om dit net te verduidelik.

Elkarien het Confucius se voorskrif gevolg en haar hele hart saamgeneem op hierdie avontuur wat haar gekies het eerder as andersom.

Janis - Her Life and Music (Hardcover): Holly George-Warren Janis - Her Life and Music (Hardcover)
Holly George-Warren 1
R539 R369 Discovery Miles 3 690 Save R170 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

It's been said Janis Joplin was second only to Bob Dylan as the 'creator-recorder-embodiment of her generation's mythology'. But how did a middle-class girl from Texas become a '60s countercultural icon? Janis' parents doted on her and promoted her early talent for art. But the arrival of a brother shattered the bond she had with her intellectual maverick of a father, an oil engineer. And her own maverick instincts alienated her from her socially conformist mother. That break with her parents, along with the rejection of her high school peers, who disapproved of her beatnik look and racially progressive views, and wrongly assumed she was sexually promiscuous, cemented her sense of herself as an outcast. She found her tribe with a group of offbeat young men a year ahead of her, who loved her intellectual curiosity, her passion for conversation, and her adventurous search for the blues. Although she never stopped craving the approval of her parents and hometown, she left Port Arthur at seventeen determined to prove she could be loved. She tried college twice, and dropped out both times. She ran off to California, but came back when her heavy drug use scared her into it. She almost signed up for a life as a domesticated, hang-the-curtains wife. But instead, during a second stint on the West Coast, she launched a career that would see her crowned the queen of rock and roll. What no one besides Holly George-Warren has captured in such intimate detail is the way Janis Joplin teetered between the powerful woman you hear in her songs and the little girl who just wanted to go home and feel emotionally safe there. The pain of that dichotomy fuelled her music - and ultimately killed her.

Jopie: Jurist, mentor, supervisor and friend - Essays on the law of banking, companies and suretyship (Hardcover): Charl Hugo,... Jopie: Jurist, mentor, supervisor and friend - Essays on the law of banking, companies and suretyship (Hardcover)
Charl Hugo, Michelle Kelly Louw
R576 R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Save R80 (14%) Ships in 4 - 8 working days

Jopie: Jurist, Mentor, Supervisor and Friend - Essays on the Law of Banking, Companies and Suretyship is published in honour of Professor Jopie Pretorius, who will be retiring from his chair in banking law at UNISA at the end of 2017. The collection comprises personal tributes by family members, friends and colleagues, and academic essays that deal with banking law, company law and suretyship.

Born to Be Posthumous - The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey (Hardcover): Mark Dery Born to Be Posthumous - The Eccentric Life and Mysterious Genius of Edward Gorey (Hardcover)
Mark Dery
R582 R397 Discovery Miles 3 970 Save R185 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The definitive biography of Edward Gorey, the eccentric master of macabre nonsense. 'A genius book about a bookish genius' Daniel Handler, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events From The Gashlycrumb Tinies to The Doubtful Guest, Edward Gorey's wickedly funny and deliciously sinister little books have influenced our culture in innumerable ways, from the works of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman to Lemony Snicket. Some even call him the Grandfather of Goth. But who was this man, who lived with over twenty thousand books and six cats, who roomed with Frank O'Hara at Harvard, and was known - in the late 1940s, no less - to traipse around in full-length fur coats, clanking bracelets, and an Edwardian beard? An eccentric, a gregarious recluse, an enigmatic auteur of whimsically morbid masterpieces, yes - but who was the real Edward Gorey behind the Oscar Wildean pose? He published over a hundred books and illustrated works by Samuel Beckett, T.S. Eliot, Edward Lear, John Updike, Charles Dickens, Hilaire Belloc, Muriel Spark, Bram Stoker, Gilbert & Sullivan, and others. At the same time, he was a deeply complicated and conflicted individual, a man whose art reflected his obsessions with the disquieting and the darkly hilarious. Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

Our Blood Is Green - The Springboks In Their Own Words (Paperback): Gavin Rich Our Blood Is Green - The Springboks In Their Own Words (Paperback)
Gavin Rich
R250 R198 Discovery Miles 1 980 Save R52 (21%) Ships in 7 - 10 working days

If, as a Springbok rugby fan, you have always wondered what goes on behind the scenes – in the dressing room, at practice, in team talks and on tour – this book will provide the answer to those questions, and many, many more. Renowned rugby scribe Gavin Rich has interviewed a wide cross-section of Springboks from the post-isolation era and asked them a variety of questions, including pertinent ones about politics, the exodus of players overseas and about life after rugby.

In Our Blood Is Green, more than 40 Springbok rugby players talk about their careers: how they made it to the top of their profession, what it was like to face the pressures of playing for South Africa’s national team, how they dealt with the media, the officials, and yes, the coaches who didn’t know what they were doing! They answer questions like: is there still a divide between English- and Afrikaans-speaking players, does the ‘quota’ system work, is Bok rugby all about playing for the jersey or is it, as former All Black coach Graham Henry once said, nationalism that drives the South African team? And what is it like to play against the British & Irish Lions, or to face the haka, or sing our national anthem before an international Test …?

By allowing the players to tell their own stories in their own words, Rich offers readers a comprehensive view of the players’ personal experiences, as well as their thoughts on the game today and the way forward for rugby in this country. Our Blood Is Green is a compelling read for rugby fans of all ages.

A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Paperback, Revised Ed): Isabella L. Bird, Daniel J. Boorstin A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains (Paperback, Revised Ed)
Isabella L. Bird, Daniel J. Boorstin
R200 R173 Discovery Miles 1 730 Save R27 (14%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In 1872, Isabella Bird, daughter of a clergyman, set off alone to the Antipodes 'in search of health' and found she had embarked on a life of adventurous travel. In 1873, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, she rode her horse through the American Wild West, a terrain only newly opened to pioneer settlement. The letters that make up this volume were first published in 1879. They tell of magnificent, unspoiled landscapes and abundant wildlife, of encounters with rattlesnakes, wolves, pumas and grizzly bears, and her reactions to the volatile passions of the miners and pioneer settlers. A classic account of a truly astounding journey.

Between Two Millstones, Book 2 - Exile in America, 1978-1994 (Hardcover): Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Between Two Millstones, Book 2 - Exile in America, 1978-1994 (Hardcover)
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn; Translated by Clare Kitson, Melanie Moore; Foreword by Daniel J Mahoney
R875 R703 Discovery Miles 7 030 Save R172 (20%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

This compelling account concludes Nobel prize-winner Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's literary memoirs of his years in the West after his forced exile from the USSR following the publication of The Gulag Archipelago. The book reflects both the pain of separation from his Russian homeland and the chasm of miscomprehension between him and Western opinion makers. In Between Two Millstones, Solzhenitsyn likens his position to that of a grain that becomes lodged between two massive stones, each grinding away-the Soviet Communist power with its propaganda machine on the one hand and the Western establishment with its mainstream media on the other. Book 2 picks up the story of Solzhenitsyn's remarkable life after the raucous publicity over his 1978 Harvard Address has died down. The author parries attacks from the Soviet state (and its many fellow-travelers in the Western press) as well as from recent emigres who, according to Solzhenitsyn, defame Russian culture, history, and religion. He shares his unvarnished view of several infamous episodes, such as a sabotaged meeting with Ronald Reagan, aborted Senate hearings regarding Radio Liberty, and Gorbachev's protracted refusal to allow The Gulag Archipelago to be published back home. There is also a captivating chapter detailing his trips to Japan, Taiwan, and Great Britain, including meetings with Margaret Thatcher and Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Meanwhile, the central themes of Book 1 course through this volume, too-the immense artistic quandary of fashioning The Red Wheel, staunch Western hostility to the historical and future Russia (and how much can, or should, the author do about it), and the challenges of raising his three sons in the language and spirit of Russia while cut off from the homeland in a remote corner of rural New England. The book concludes in 1994, as Solzhenitsyn bids farewell to the West in a valedictory series of speeches and meetings with world leaders, including John Paul II, and prepares at last to return home with his beloved wife Natalia, full of misgivings about what use he can be in the first chaotic years of post-Communist Russia, but never wavering in his conviction that, in the long run, his books would speak, influence, and convince. This vibrant, faithful, and long-awaited first English translation of Between Two Millstones, Book 2, will fascinate Solzhenitsyn's many admirers, as well as those interested in twentieth-century history, Russian history, and literature in general.

Dear Exile (Paperback): Hilary Liftin, Kate Montgomery Dear Exile (Paperback)
Hilary Liftin, Kate Montgomery
R246 Discovery Miles 2 460 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A funny and moving story told through the letters of two women nurturing a friendship as they are separated by distance, experience, and time.

The Doctors Blackwell - How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (Hardcover): Janice P Nimura The Doctors Blackwell - How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine (Hardcover)
Janice P Nimura
R645 R531 Discovery Miles 5 310 Save R114 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician. Exploring the sisters' allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph. Together, the Blackwells founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their convictions did not always align with the emergence of women's rights-or with each other. From Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, this richly researched new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine. As Elizabeth herself predicted, "a hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now."

WWE Kicking Down Doors - Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! (Hardcover): L J Tracosas WWE Kicking Down Doors - Female Superstars Are Ruling the Ring and Changing the Game! (Hardcover)
L J Tracosas 1
R155 R124 Discovery Miles 1 240 Save R31 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

Meet the incredible women who rule the ring! The Fabulous Moolah was ahead of her time, Chyna showed us serious attitude, and now Becky Lynch is leading the revolution in sports entertainment. Find out how the amazing women of WWE have kicked down doors and changed the game. (c) 2020 WWE, Inc. All rights reserved.

Teacher - The Tony Sheridan Story (Paperback): Alan Mann Teacher - The Tony Sheridan Story (Paperback)
Alan Mann
R260 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R61 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This is the stoy of The Teacher to The Beatles told in his own evocative words with the help of his boyhood friend and rock & roll fan turned author Alan Mann. The book was put together by Alan following a period of intense collaboration between the two men, which only came to a conclusion in 2011. Thereafter the book was delayed because of legal complications which thankfully no longer apply. Certainly, it is the nearest to an autobiography of Tony Sheridan, singer-songwriter and guitar genius, that is ever likely to appear. A hard musical taskmaster, he was worshipped by his fellow musicians, yet somehow still managed to remain an elusive and enigmatic figure unknown to the wider musical public. There was much more to the man than his brief time spent with The Beatles in Hamburg, and the reader will hopefully be inspired to seek out other recordings from a career that spanned well over 50 years. Shortly before the publication of this book, the sad news arrived that Tony Sheridan has passed away in Germany. It is therefore dedicated to his memory, and it is hoped will prove a lasting legacy to the man, his music, and the times in which he lived.

Astronaut Maker - How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation (Paperback): Michael Cassutt Astronaut Maker - How One Mysterious Engineer Ran Human Spaceflight for a Generation (Paperback)
Michael Cassutt
R629 R563 Discovery Miles 5 630 Save R66 (10%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Voyage in Vain - Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804 (Paperback, New edition): Alethea Hayter Voyage in Vain - Coleridge's Journey to Malta in 1804 (Paperback, New edition)
Alethea Hayter
R244 Discovery Miles 2 440 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the spring of 1804 Coleridge sailed to the Mediterranean in the hope of restoring his health, recreating his poetic energies and solving his emotional problems. During the voyage he kept a very detailed diary. This title combines the pleasures of researched biography, and criticism and social history, with the narrative sweep of a novel.

My Alphabet - A Life from A to Z (Hardcover): Nick Hewer My Alphabet - A Life from A to Z (Hardcover)
Nick Hewer 1
R536 R366 Discovery Miles 3 660 Save R170 (32%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'I always knew he was quite creative, but I had no idea he was so reckless' Lord Sugar 'The thinking woman's Bakewell tart ... Witty, interesting and underpinned by a sharp intellect' Jo Brand 'This book is a total delight - as wise and witty and surprising as the man himself' Gyles Brandreth When Nick Hewer first appeared on our TV screens in The Apprentice in 2005, he had thought he was heading towards a quiet retirement after a long and successful career in PR and marketing. Little did he realise that appearing on the show with Lord Sugar and Margaret Mountford would mean that his life was about to be transformed. Quickly, he became a regular presence in our homes, renowned for his wry sense of humour and his astute insights. But the story of how the current host of Countdown came to this point has remained largely unknown - until now. In My Alphabet, Nick Hewer takes us through an A to Z of some of the most remarkable and entertaining events his life, covering everything from his Boyhood in Swindon, when he took his Dinky toys on a most unexpected journey, to Regrets, and an episode that ended in a kidnapping. With chapters on subjects from Tottenham Hotspur to one on Underwear, there is sure to be something for all tastes within these pages. My Alphabet builds up into a brilliant and fascinating self-portrait, taking the reader on a remarkable journey that will inform, entertain and move you. We get to see behind the scenes on The Apprentice and Countdown, and much else besides. Self-deprecating and witty, Nick Hewer has written a brilliant book his many fans are sure to treasure.

Love, Interrupted - Navigating Grief One Day at a Time (Paperback): Simon Thomas Love, Interrupted - Navigating Grief One Day at a Time (Paperback)
Simon Thomas 1
R394 R238 Discovery Miles 2 380 Save R156 (40%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"The most moving book of the year", Daily Mail "A brave and candid book", Metro In his heartbreaking memoir, Simon Thomas (former Blue Peter presenter and one of the leading faces of Sky Sports Football) reveals how grief nearly destroyed him. When Simon lost the woman he had loved for 16 years, the future he'd imagined for their happy family disappeared forever. Just three days after being diagnosed, Gemma died from acute myeloid leukaemia. In Love, Interrupted, Simon is brutally honest about his journey through grief, and opens up about how close he came to ending his own life. Simon didn't know how to carry on without Gemma; he just knew that, for the sake of his eight-year-old son, he had to find a way ... Love, Interrupted is a moving story of love, loss, faith, and family.

Boy Erased - A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family (Paperback, Film tie-in edition): Garrard Conley Boy Erased - A Memoir of Identity, Faith and Family (Paperback, Film tie-in edition)
Garrard Conley 1
R275 R190 Discovery Miles 1 900 Save R85 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING LUCAS HEDGES, RUSSELL CROWE AND NICOLE KIDMAN, AND WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY JOEL EDGERTON `A necessary, beautiful book' Garth Greenwell, author of What Belongs to You `A brilliant memoir' Guardian The son of a Baptist pastor and deeply embedded in church life in small town Arkansas, as a young man Garrard Conley was terrified and conflicted about his sexuality. When Garrard was a nineteen-year-old college student, he was outed to his parents, and was forced to make a life-changing decision: either agree to attend a church-supported conversion therapy program that promised to "cure" him of homosexuality; or risk losing family, friends, and the God he had prayed to every day of his life. Through an institutionalised Twelve-Step Program heavy on Bible study, he was supposed to emerge heterosexual, ex-gay, cleansed of impure urges and stronger in his faith in God for his brush with sin. Instead, even when faced with a harrowing and brutal journey, Garrard found the strength and understanding to break out in search of his true self and forgiveness. By confronting his buried past and the burden of a life lived in shadow, Garrard traces the complex relationships among family, faith, and community. At times heartbreaking, at times triumphant, this memoir is a testament to love that survives despite all odds.

In Byron's Wake (Paperback): Miranda Seymour In Byron's Wake (Paperback)
Miranda Seymour 1
R349 R242 Discovery Miles 2 420 Save R107 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Sunday Times Book of the Year Shortlisted for The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize 'This magnificent, highly readable double biography...brings these two driven, complicated women vividly to life' The Financial Times 'A gripping saga of a double-biography' Daily Mail 'A masterful portrait' The Times 'Vastly enjoyable' Literary Review 'Deeply absorbing and meticulously researched' The Oldie In 1815, the clever, courted and cherished Annabella Milbanke married the notorious and brilliant Lord Byron. Just one year later, she fled, taking with her their baby daughter, the future Ada Lovelace. Byron himself escaped into exile and died as a revolutionary hero in 1824, aged 36. The one thing he had asked his wife to do was to make sure that their daughter never became a poet. Ada didn't. Brought up by a mother who became one of the most progressive reformers of Victorian England, Byron's little girl was introduced to mathematics as a means of calming her wild spirits. Educated by some of the most learned minds in England, she combined that scholarly discipline with a rebellious heart and a visionary imagination. As a child invalid, Ada dreamed of building a steam-driven flying horse. As an exuberant and boldly unconventional young woman, she amplified her explanations of Charles Babbage's unbuilt calculating engine to predict, as nobody would do for another century, the dawn today of our modern computer age. When Ada died - like her father, she was only 36 - great things seemed still to lie ahead for her as a passionate astronomer. Even while mired in debt from gambling and crippled by cancer, she was frenetically employing Faraday's experiments with light refraction to explore the analysis of distant stars. Drawing on fascinating new material, Seymour reveals the ways in which Byron, long after his death, continued to shape the lives and reputations both of his wife and his daughter. During her life, Lady Byron was praised as a paragon of virtue; within ten years of her death, she was vilified as a disgrace to her sex. Well over a hundred years later, Annabella Milbanke is still perceived as a prudish wife and cruelly controlling mother. But her hidden devotion to Byron and her tender ambitions for his mercurial, brilliant daughter reveal a deeply complex but unsuspectedly sympathetic personality. Miranda Seymour has written a masterful portrait of two remarkable women, revealing how two turbulent lives were often governed and always haunted by the dangerously enchanting, quicksilver spirit of that extraordinary father whom Ada never knew.

Silent Cries - Experiencing God's Love After Losing a Baby (Paperback): Joanna Ivey, Jonny Ivey Silent Cries - Experiencing God's Love After Losing a Baby (Paperback)
Joanna Ivey, Jonny Ivey
R266 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R44 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Edith was stillborn without warning, the authors were both stunned and confused. Where should they turn for help? Who would answer their burning questions? One in in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage; one in 200 in stillbirth. And yet, while the church offers resources to cope with suffering more generally, there is often an echoing silence when it comes to the trauma of baby loss. 'When we lost our daughter Edith, say the authors, 'it was painful indeed to find the lack of biblically rooted and pastorally sensitive resources.' Nothing really hit the mark, so, though tears, they wrote their own book. This little volume comes to you, or to someone close to you, with a massive hug. It is Jonny and Joanna's passion and prayer that you will be amazed by our great God as you connect with deep biblical truths, bringing healing to your heart, mind and soul.

Jefferson Himself - The Personal Narrative of a Many-sided American (Paperback): Bernard Mayo Jefferson Himself - The Personal Narrative of a Many-sided American (Paperback)
Bernard Mayo
R533 R451 Discovery Miles 4 510 Save R82 (15%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
I Am Somebody - Why Jesse Jackson Matters (Hardcover): David Masciotra I Am Somebody - Why Jesse Jackson Matters (Hardcover)
David Masciotra
R578 R470 Discovery Miles 4 700 Save R108 (19%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

There are few figures and leaders of recent American history of greater social and political consequence than Jesse Jackson, and few more relevant for America's current political climate. In the 1960s, Jackson served as a close aide to Dr. Martin Luther King, meeting him on the notorious march to legitimate the American democratic system in Selma. He was there on the day of King's assassination, and continued his political legacy, inspiring a generation of black and Latino politicians and activists, founding the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and helping to make the Democratic Party more multicultural and progressive with his historic runs for the presidency in the 1980s. In I Am Somebody, David Masciotra argues that Jackson's legacy must be rehabilitated in the history of American politics. Masciotra has had personal access to Jackson for several years, conducting over 100 interviews with the man himself, as well as interviews with a wide variety of elected officials and activists who Jackson has inspired and influenced. It also takes readers inside Jackson's negotiations for the release of hostages and political prisoners in Cuba, Iraq, and several other countries. As Democratic politics sees a return to radicalism and the rise of a new generation of committed advocates of racial and economic justice, I Am Somebody: Why Jesse Jackson Matters is a critical book for understanding where America in the 21st Century has come from and where it is going. Featuring a foreword by Michael Eric Dyson.

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